How to make -
Blackout Roman Blind
WORKROOM METHOD
BLIND SAFETY
Blind Safety

This website is viewed globally and at the last time of looking had been used by people from 136 different countries.

The instructions and videos on this website show you the traditional methods of making a roman blind. Many countries have introduced safety regulations with respect to child safety, to reduce the threat of injury or strangulation to young children from the cords of roman blinds.

It is your responsibilty to find out what the regulations are for your country and modify these instructions to make your blind compliant with those regulations

Examples of safety advice and rules used by some countries of the world are:

  • Do not place furniture or beds near windows where children can climb up and access the blind cords.
  • For roman blinds with rod pockets greater than 20cms apart at any point a breakaway device must be used on each cord.
  • The cleat must be 150cms from the floor and accumulate all/most of the cord – only a single cord of no more than 20cms can hang below the cleat.
  • The bottom loop of the chain or cord must be 150cms from the floor and secured with a safety device OR If the operating chain/cord has a breakaway device then the bottom loop of the cord/chain can be 60cms from the floor.
  • Some countries require that all the blind's components have been tested and certified when used together.

BLIND SAFETY
Blind Safety

This website is viewed globally and at the last time of looking had been used by people from 136 different countries.

The instructions and videos on this website show you the traditional methods of making a roman blind. Many countries have introduced safety regulations with respect to child safety, to reduce the threat of injury or strangulation to young children from the cords of roman blinds.

It is your responsibilty to find out what the regulations are for your country and modify these instructions to make your blind compliant with those regulations

Examples of safety advice and rules used by some countries of the world are:

  • Do not place furniture or beds near windows where children can climb up and access the blind cords.
  • For roman blinds with rod pockets greater than 20cms apart at any point a breakaway device must be used on each cord.
  • The cleat must be 150cms from the floor and accumulate all/most of the cord – only a single cord of no more than 20cms can hang below the cleat.
  • The bottom loop of the chain or cord must be 150cms from the floor and secured with a safety device OR If the operating chain/cord has a breakaway device then the bottom loop of the cord/chain can be 60cms from the floor.
  • Some countries require that all the blind's components have been tested and certified when used together.

Materials
  • - Fabric
  • - Lining
  • - Blackout Lining or
  •   Blackout Interlining
  • - Thread
  • - Velcro Loop Tape
  • - Buckram (optional)
  • - Rods
  • - Bottom Bar
  • - Rings or Breakouts
  • Tools
  • - Sewing Machine
  • - Tape Measure
  • - Needles
  • - Scissors
  • - Set Square
  • - Straight Edge
  • - Invisible Marker
  • Headrail
  • - Wooden Batten
  • - Velcro Hook Tape
  • - Screw Eyes
  • - Acorn
  • - Cleat Hook
  • - Cord
  • - Staple Gun
  • or
  • - Headrail Kit
  • - Hacksaw
  • Step 4: Calculate Lining & Blackout Qty
    Printable Worksheet
    Printable Worksheet

    This tutorial is based on using one width of fabric or lining to make a blind. Lining is usually approx 137cm wide, so most blinds less than 137cm wide will only need one width of lining (check your lining width).

    The lining panel is cut to the following size to make the blind:



    If you are using rod pocket tape RPA=0, please see ROD POCKET TAPE notes below.

    LINING QUANTITY REQUIRED

    The minimum amount of lining required to make a single width roman blind is the

    LINING CUT DROP + TRIMMING ALLOWANCE

    PRO TIP: Add at least an extra 6cm trimming allowance to the cut drop to ensure that the lining can be cut square during the making process.

    The Blackout panel is cut to following size to make the blind: For COMBINED BLACKOUT/INTERLINER please see the extra instructions at the bottom of the page.



    BLACKOUT QUANTITY REQUIRED

    The minimum amount of Blackout required to make a single width roman blind is

    BLACKOUT CUT DROP + TRIMMING ALLOWANCE

    PRO TIP: Add at least an extra 6cm trimming allowance to the cut drop to ensure that the blackout can be cut square during the making process.

      EXTRA INSTRUCTIONS


    If you are using Rod Pocket Tape you will need to disregard the rod pocket allowance as you will not be making the rod pockets out of the lining. Therefore the ROD POCKET ALLOWANCE (RPA) = 0 when calculating the LINING CUT DROP.




    COMBINED Blackout/Interliner is cut to a different size to standard Blackout to make the blind. Due to it's thickness it is not folded into the hem. It is cut slightly (2mm) narrower and shorter than the blind to fit inside the fabric. The cut size is:



    COMBINED BLACKOUT/INTERLINER QUANTITY REQUIRED

    The minimum amount of Combined Blackout/Interliner required to make a single width Roman blind is

    COMBINED BLACKOUT/INTERLINER CUT DROP + TRIMMING ALLOWANCE

    PRO TIP: Add at least an extra 6cm trimming allowance to the cut drop to ensure that the blackout can be cut square during the making process.

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